Walk & Farm Visit

Hop Walk in East Kent

THURSDAY 2nd September 2021 - 13:00 to 17:00 BST

By the Southern Section

THURSDAY 2nd September 2021 - 13:00 to 17:00 BST

The IBD Southern Section would like to invite its members and guests to a Hop Walk in East Kent on Thursday 2nd September.

This will allow attendees to learn more about how UK hops are grown, see them being harvested and kilned and rub UK varieties to assess their differing characteristics. There will also be the opportunity to hear more about the International hop harvest and this year’s UK barley crop.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

Arrive:  13:00 -14:00 BST - when a buffet lunch will be available

Hop Tour and Harvest: 14:00 - 15:30 BST which will include a visit to plantings of new varieties and see new Wolf picking machines and Oast House

Discussion: 15:30 – 16:30 BST - informal update on European and US harvest and UK barley crop

Depart : 16:30 - 17:00hrs

Beers will be provided showcasing UK varieties throughout the afternoon



The Hop Walk is being held at T.G Redsell Ltd, Parsonage Farm and hosted by Antony Redsell and Russell Falconer of Steiner Hops Ltd, with assistance from Stewart Tricker of Shepherd Neame and Joe Fifield of Muntons Ltd.

The farm address is:

Parsonage Farm, Nine Ash Lane, Boughton, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9SR

This will be an outdoor event and therefore relatively low Covid risk but as this is an operating farm and beer will be available we ask that you don’t bring children or pets

Transport and Accommodation:

By car – there will be parking available in the field across the road from the farm office

By Rail – Faversham train station is a 5 minute taxi ride away. Trains depart from London Victoria, London St Pancras International and Cannon Street to Faversham. We might be able to provide some return transport to the station at the end of the day, but when arriving there is a well-stocked taxi rank outside the station

Accommodation: there are a number of hotels around Faversham and Canterbury for those wishing to stop over.

Green Hops

There will be an opportunity to buy green hops  which have been picked and cleaned and packed in pokes, for ease of transport and addition back at your brewery the next morning.



This event is free for IBD members. There is no cost to the day and places are limited, so advise you to reserve your place by Wednesday, 25th August at the latest. 

If you aren't an IBD member and you'd like to join, please follow this link.